Here I was working away and came across this article about Household items that many of us have at home, but are oblivious to their danger and the bacteria they hold. This is not something to take lightly and disregard, because some of these damages include infertility, cancer, emphysema, kidney tissue damage, and birth defects. To say the least, take your time to read and take these in.
These are 20 items:
- Toothbrush: the American Dental Association advises that it is important to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 weeks, as they become less effective with wear and tear. You are therefore brushing almost uselessly.
- Dish Sponge: This is actually one of the dirtiest items you will have in your kitchen. Research shows that a dish sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even cause paralysis due to bacteria called campylobacter. It should be changed weekly.
- Oven Cleaner: the sodium hydroxide is a very destructive chemical. Drain openers is another; using baking soda paste and vinegar to clean is a healthier option.
- Air Freshener: these contain a phthalates chemical inside them which lead to hormone imbalance and reproductive problems, which we are unaware of. Exposure to these chemicals can cause lower testosterone levels and decrease sperm counts/quality, according to the National Resource Defense Council. These can also cause malformations of the male reproductive tract and testicular cancer.
- Some Makeup Products: makeup shelf life is 24 months for some and others like mascara is 3 months. Most makeup will have many preservatives to keep them good and keep bacteria away. It is important to throw out when they are no longer effective, i.e. shelf life runs.
- Non-Stick Cookware: these cookware are made with chemicals (perfluorooctanoic acid), which are harmful to the liver, thyroid, and the immune system at whole. Opt for stainless steel, glass, ceramic, or iron cookware instead.
- Expired Foods: Expiry dates are there for a reason, they are less effective. Don’t risk food poisoning or feeling ill.
- Old Air Filters: a poorly maintained AC system can become contaminated and potentially harmful, causing/worsening symptoms such as asthma an allergies.
- Antibacterial Soap: These soaps have triclosan, chlorine, and phosphate in them. triclosan, particularly alters hormone regulation, and cause resistance to antibiotics. That means, these soaps not only kill bad bacteria, but good ones too.
- Scented candles: they smell so good huh? I know! Inhaling the chemicals in them is so harmful for you however. The benzene in them can irritate your skin and cause breathing issues. Other possible side effects, according to EPA, is reproductive issues and brain and central nervous system damages. These candles release toluene, another carcinogen. It is best to use essential oils or soy-based candles instead.
- Pressed-wood products: Common symptoms from acute exposure to formaldehyde, which are in certain wood products, manifest as irritation of the throat, nose, eyes, and skin. They can also lead to chronic bronchitis, and obstructive lung disease with chronic exposure.
- Old medication: FDA says expired meds can be less effective, change chemical composition, decrease in effectiveness and may be at risk of bacterial growth. These can lead to more serious illnesses.
- Gas space heaters: These release toxins and if used inside can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
At least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning, according to the Center for Diseases Control and Control
- Old Paint: Homes before 1978 can contain lead paint, which can cause damage to the brain and vital organs like the kidneys, nerves and blood, and cause poisoning such as symptoms of headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness.
- Bleaches Products: Products such as chlorinated paper towels, toilet paper, and bleached coffee filters expose us to chlorine gas which is bad for you. They also may contain benzoyl peroxide which is dangerous.
- Plastic Containers: the toxic bisphenol-A (BPA) found in plastics can have a dangerous effect on the brain. It can also plays with your hormones. Switch to glass containers or stainless steel.
- Mothballs: Some countries have banned moth balls containing the chemical naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene inside it. These are dangerous as they become a gas when exposed to air. They may also cause cancer. Naphthalene is most toxic as it causes red blood cells to break apart, and cause hemolytic anemia.
- Furniture Polish: these contain chemicals of phenol and nitrobenzene which are easily absorbed by the skin and are harmful to the liver and your whole health, including limiting the ability of the blood to carry oxygen, headache, irritability, dizziness, weakness, and drowsiness.
- Toilet Bowl Cleaners: The corrosive items are most hazardous cleaning items in your house. They carry hydrochloric acid which is very toxic.
- multipurpose cleaner : this stuff is often used in your kitchen but the chemicals inside it are so harmful to you. Smelling it alone, you can tell the ingredients inside are toxic, and unnatural.
To learn more, see 20 household items you should throw out immediately.
Many have the impression and belief that frozen fruits and vegetables lose their nutrients once frozen and that having fruits and vegetables *fresh* is MUCH BETTER. I have something for you, that is not true. I have been on your side of the door and I wouldn`t believe how frozen may be more nutritional, however after careful research, it is true! I am not saying frozen is better in all cases, but they can both be as nutritional, if not better.
Frozen may be more healthy than some of the fresh produce sold in supermarkets, although not always the case, but check this out:
Fruits and vegetables chosen for freezing are often processed at their peak ripeness, a time when they are most packed with nutrients. Whereas, freshly chosen fruits and vegetables are typically picked before they are ripe, destined to be shipped to supermarkets around the country. This gives them less time to develop all the proper vitamins and minerals. Not to mention, they are left uneaten for the period that they must travel and stay on the shelves for however long until purchased from consumers, then in the consumer`s fridge until actually eaten. In addition, during the travel, fresh fruits and vegetables are exposed to variable temperatures such as heat and light, which degrade some nutrients, especially water-soluble vitamins like B and C.This process almost makes us question how much nutrients are the fresh produces actually offering to our bodies. This is not to say that frozen offers the ultimate nutrient, as the first step to freezing the vegetables and fruits is blanching them in hot water or steaming them. This is done in order to remove all bacteria and to keep away food-degrading enzymes; this then, as well, causes nutrients like vitamin C and Vitamin B to degrade. So as fresh produce, it does lose seldom vitamins, however once frozen, it then locks all nutrients left inside until eaten. However, note that with frozen produce you may still lose more of its nutritive content when reheating, so in order to maintain the most nutrients in frozen produce, reheating in a microwave or steaming is better than boiling, that way you keep the produce as healthful as possible.
So, after this descriptive explanation about FROZEN VS. FRESH, I will leave you to make your own decision. But keep in mind, frozen fruits and vegetables lose nutrients, just as Fresh produce does (through Vitamin B and C), however they still keep more nutrients then Fresh fruits all together, as they are frozen as soon as ready.
Now, when you go to the supermarket to buy *fresh* fruits and vegetables, and as the supermarket tries to convince you that these fruits have *just been picked* with the deceiving mist spray and colouring, you will remember that in reality, these fruits and vegetables have been in storage for a month or more…
So this is all to say that frozen can in fact be nutritionally comparable to ‘fresh’ produce, if not better, contrary to the beliefs out there.
Be sure to eat between five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables per day. Note that a serving is considered to be half cup of sliced fruit or vegetables, and for leafy greens a serving is one full cup.
Enjoy and stay healthy!